2018

The sixteenth recipient of the annual David Charles Abramson Memorial Flight Instructor Safety Award for the year 2018 was:

WAYNE L. CAVE OF CHINOOK HELICOPTERS, ABBOTSFORD, BC

Nov.14th Wayne L. Cave of Chinook Helicopters fixed-wing division, Abbotsford, B.C.

Mr  Cave has been an Aviator since the age of seventeen.  Flight instruction quickly became his passion, his dedication & superior teaching skills clearly shine through.      

His tenure of fourteen years with Coastal Pacific, B.C. enabled him to develop & update a variety of post-secondary curriculum for the Bachelor of Business Administration Aviation Degree Programs (BBAA.)  He has personally influenced the safety training of a large portion of Pilots who have trained at Abbotsford & is now working at Chinook Helicopters, Abbotsford, B.C. where he started up their fixed-wing division.  His work ethic & commitment to safety are second to none.

A quote from this year’s recipient:

THE IMPORTANCE AND BENEFIT OF THIS AWARD IS TO RECOGNIZE THOSE WHO ARE PASSIONATE ABOUT FLIGHT INSTRUCTING AND WHO WORK TOGETHER TO IMPART THEIR CUMULATIVE KNOWLEDGE ONTO STUDENTS ACROSS THE COUNTRY.

TO HAVE AN AWARD THAT ACKNOWLEDGES THE INDIVIDUALS WHO ARE TRAINING THE NEXT GENERATION OF PILOTS IS A BENEFIT TO THE ENTIRE AVIATION COMMUNITY.”

Last year’s recipient 2018 – Wayne Cave being presented with his congratulatory letter and signed lithograph from Canadian Forces Snowbirds, by Cathy Press, CEO & Owner of Chinook Helicopters, BC.

Presentation of the 2018 DCAM Flight Instructor Safety Award to Wayne Cave, Chinook Helicopters, BC by Adam Wright, Captain, Air Transat, (in the absence of founder Jane Abramson)

Past recipients of the ‘DCAM’ who were in attendance along with Wayne Cave.

Adam Wright presenting Essential Turbines cheque to Wayne Cave.

Wings & Helicopters presentation by Adam Wright, to Wayne Cave

Flight Safety’s presentation by Gail Greenwood, Sales Manager, Toronto to Wayne Cave.

Seneca College’s presentation by Lynne McMullen, Director Business Development, School of Aviation, to Wayne Cave.

Wayne Cave’s presentation by Adam Wright, Cpt. Air Transat, of an aviator’s watch, from Hamilton watches.

All photos courtesy of Mike Doiron.

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2017

The 15th recipient of the annual DCAM flight instructor safety award for the year 2017 was:

LUKE PAUL PENNER OF HARV’S AIR WINNIPEG, MB

A TRUE AVIATOR, AN ACCOMPLISHED PILOT; A CLASS 1 FLIGHT INSTRUCTOR & A CLASS 1 AEROBATIC INSTRUCTOR IT IS HIS STRONG BELIEF THAT EVEN SOME AEROBATIC EXPERIENCE CAN MAKE A PILOT MORE COMPETENT AND MUCH SAFER.

HE STATES, “ I PERSONALLY HAVE PUSHED MYSELF TO FULLY EXPERIENCE THE FLIGHT ENVELOPE THROUGH MY COMPETITIVE AEROBATIC FLYING, TO PURSUE DISCIPLINED PRECISION FLYING WITH THE HOPES OF INSPIRING OTHERS TO REACH FOR THEIR TRUE POTENTIAL, AND ULTIMATELY BECOME SAFER PILOTS.”  THIS FLIGHT INSTRUCTOR FINISHED FIRST IN HIS CATEGORY AT THE US NATIONAL AEROBATIC CHAMPIONSHIPS IN 2016.

LUKE PENNER:  “JANE & RIKKI, I WILL CONTINUE TO WORK AS HARD AS I CAN TO UPHOLD THE LEGACY OF THE DAVID CHARLES ABRAMSON MEMORIAL FLIGHT INSTRUCTOR SAFETY AWARD, AND TO BE A BRIGHT REFLECTION OF YOUR SON’S COMMITMENT TO SAFETY.”

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2015

The 13th recipient of the annual DCAM Flight Instructor Safety Award for the year 2015 was:

Catherine Lynn Press of Chinook Helicopters, BC

Catherine holds both fixed wing and helicopter licences; was the first woman in Canada to hold a helicopter instructor rating and is the only Canadian helicopter pilot to hold a Chinese licence.

Her contributions to aviation over the years, especially in the helicopter training sector has been significant; in the capacity of Instructor, Pilot Examiner and Business Leader.

It It is felt by many that the good safety record in commercial helicopter operations throughout Western Canada is in many ways attributable to the high quality of training offered by Catherine Press and her team at Chinook Helicopters.

Cathy Press: “It is very important for the aviation training industry to have recognition such as the DCAM Flight Instructor Safety Award. This Award encourages  Instructors to constantly upgrade their skills and professionalism  & those they work with, in the Aviation industry. ”

“The great thing about aviation is, it constantly is challenging one’s personal development.  My job is to help other people to realize their potential for their own paths in aviation while maintaining safety.  The DCAM Award has made me want to work even harder.”

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L to R – Rikki Abramson Co-founder, Catherine Press Recipient, & Jane Abramson Co-founder. Photo courtesy of Mike Doiron

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L to R – Wayne Gouveia, VP General & Commercial Aviation, ATAC ; Clayton Reid, Heli-Pilot, Chinook Helicopters, ( husband of C. Press, holding her Keeper-Trophy,) Catherine Press Recipient, Jane & Rikki Abramson Co-founders. Photo courtesy of Mike Doiron.

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2014

The twelfth recipient of the annual DCAM Flight Instructor Safety Award for the year 2014 was:

SHERRY COOPER OF SKY WINGS AVIATION ACADEMY

Sherry Cooper is a mentor and role model for women in the flight training industry who is totally committed to promoting aviation in the central Alberta community and beyond.  Her contributions to aviation within the industry have been numerous throughout the years, serving on various Boards.

Her enthusiasm for flying and her wish to share this fulfilling experience with others are an essential part of both her professional and personal life. She comments, “being chosen as this year’s recipient, is a validation of my life in aviation, my philosophy of education and is easily the pinnacle of my career.”

Sherry Cooper:  “This award is an important hallmark for instructors and has elevated the profile of the profession, Flight Instructors, in Canada.  The recognition has been influential in other areas of our industry, as strong beginnings make for a safer industry.”

“When I reread the bios of some of the previous recipients of the award, it shows how people across Canada have embraced this facet of aviation.”     

Sherry Cooper 2014 DCAM recipient along with Keith (KO) Ostertag, 2014 DCAM ‘Legacy’ Award winner, also present in the photo are some past recipients of the DCAMAWARD who were present at ATAC’s AGM & Convention.

Sherry Cooper 2014 DCAM recipient along with Keith (KO) Ostertag, 2014 DCAM ‘Legacy’ Award winner, also present in the photo are some past recipients of the DCAMAWARD who were present at ATAC’s AGM & Convention. Anchored at each end by L. Adam Wright, Pilot Air Transat, representing Jane Abramson, and at other end Wayne Gouveia, VP Commercial General Aviation, ATAC. (courtesy of Mike Doiron)

 ATAC’S AGM & Convention; presentation of the 2014 DCAM Flight Instructor Safety Award

Photos courtesy of Mike Doiron

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